• Keep on the Borderlands

  • Dungeons & Dragons: Greyhawk, Book 5
  • By: Ru Emerson
  • Narrated by: Bernard Setaro Clark
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (229 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Keep on the Borderlands was one of the very first D&D adventures, so seasoned gamers remember this product from their early days, and newer gamers will recognize it from the 25th anniversary rerelease. Greyhawk novels are based on the classic D&D modules from this world and provide listeners with the same kind of feeling that they get playing classic D&D modules.

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Just what it needed to be.

Many have panned this book's pacing, but I disagree. The long build up to the climax helps to flesh out the key characters, and give the world an lived in feel. More than any other Forgotten Realms, or Pathfinder Tales novel this really does feel like a D&D campaign. I feel it should be required reading as an example of how to plan for an adventure.

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good

slow for first 3 quarters but got exciting at end with cave battes. narrator was good

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The module is better than the book

What did you like best about Keep on the Borderlands? What did you like least?

I really wanted to like this book, but it was okay at best. The performance was fine, the story just takes entirely too long to get going. Those of you who are D&D players likely like me have fond memories of this module. Remember how the background and information about the environment around the keep was there but relatively short, and the information about the caves was extensive? This book is the opposite. I did not hate the book, it was an okay read, but I was disappointed and it is by far the weakest book of the six in this series.

Has Keep on the Borderlands turned you off from other books in this genre?

No.

What about Bernard Setaro Clark’s performance did you like?

Character voices.

Was Keep on the Borderlands worth the listening time?

Yes, but just barely. I finished it and didn't quit listening, if that means anything.

Any additional comments?

Read the other books in this series, there are some real gems in there.

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boring story, very little action

of the greyhawks series, this one has been the worst. Very slow story and not enough character development

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Great Story!

the keep on the borderlands was a great adventure when it was first written ages ago. In fact, I went back and pulled out the old adventure just to see how well it lined up with the story. Come to find out, it lined up perfectly. Including, treasure, monsters, & a surprise bit near the end. overall, this is a great story taking a classic Dungeons and Dragons adventure, and putting what we do around the table into a novel.

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Not the best it could be.

This story was well read by the narrator, clear and consice with consistent voice acting. The issues I had were with some characters being inconsistent in how they acted and how they interacted with other characters. The main character was never a Mary Sue and for the most part was realistic in how she acted which made her a great read. The only issues I had were how every other character always thought She was right and there were times it felt off. The ending was cookie cutter and I guessed what was going to happen half way through, this was honestly the only real issue I had as the others could be my own bias in reading. The story was ok and hit the nostalgia from playing the DnD module years ago but wasn't something I'd read again.

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A Great D&D Adventure Based on A Classic Module

This was a really fun adventure to read. The characters were great and each had a interesting back story. it felt like I was a the gaming table with my friends. I highly recommend this book.

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Huh?

Why are the adventurers Scottish or British? And the writer got hung up on focusing on some kid that isn't even relevant. Terrible writing.

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As Was Previously Reported

If you are an old school gamer, good for a read. Otherwise, not so much. The characters are two-dimensional, campy, and annoying. The dungeon-crawl aspect, a majority of the book, becomes repetitive and burdensome. The narrator does a good job in all aspects, though, and that redeems the audiobook a bit.

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Good Stuff

The story was just as I remembered going through Keep on the Borderlands back in the day playing D&D. The story took us through those caves again... the kobolds, the goblins with the ogre, most of it was there in the story. It was a nice reminder of how the old game was.

The characters could have been flushed out a bit more, but that's they way the were back then.

I enjoyed the story.

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  • J. Bert
  • 09-18-13

Very dull story

I've listened to all the Greyhawk adventures so far. I enjoyed the stories with the Justicar: they had some good jokes, exciting situations and memorable characters.

This story doesn't. It's basically an account of a group of adventurers that arrive at a keep and plan an excursion against bandits. All the characters are annoying and non-memorable. The scenery doesn't evoke a sense of wonder. Nothing much to recommend.

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  • Sambags Stockpot
  • 03-09-21

Good Story, Dodgy Accents

I don't know where the narrator picked up his British English and Scottish (I was waiting for an "och aye tha noo"), but as a native speaker of both, they were, frankly, awful. Couldn't he just have used dialects/accents of American English? The story itself is a classic D&D romp, so if you can get past the narrator's dodgy accents, the story is quite enjoyable.

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  • Mr A M Smedley
  • 02-20-21

Classic adventure

Really enjoyed this story. Story reads like a classic adventure from tavern to temple. Good narration once again.

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  • A. Byrne
  • 12-07-18

Nice Listen

not the same without justicar and co but still a pleasant listen, not a serious story but good for passive listeners